What is solar cell?

  • (noun): A cell that converts solar energy into electrical energy.
    Synonyms: photovoltaic cell

Solar Cell

A solar cell (also called a photovoltaic cell) is an electrical device that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect. It is a form of photoelectric cell (in that its electrical characteristics-- e.g. current, voltage, or resistance-- vary when light is incident upon it) which, when exposed to light, can generate and support an electric current without being attached to any external voltage source.

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Anwell Technologies - History
... Vertically integrated the solar cell equipment business into solar cell manufacturing business ... Produced the first amorphous silicon thin film solar cell at the production plant located in Henan, China using its in-house designed 40MW production line ... Announced plan to cooperate with a US based company to supply thin film solar panel through its subsidiary, Sungen, to a solar farm located in California, USA ...
Shockley–Queisser Limit - Exceeding The Limit - Tandem Cells
... The most widely explored path to higher efficiency solar cells has been multijunction photovoltaic cells (also called "tandem cells") ... These cells use multiple p-n junctions, each one tuned to a particular frequency of the spectrum ... In the most common design, a high-bandgap solar cell sits on top, absorbing high-energy, low-wavelength light, and transmitting the rest ...
Solar Challenge
... Solar challenge refers to races between solar powered vehicles, such as World Solar Challenge, a bi-annual (uneven years) worldwide event in Australia, first held in 1987 Dell-Winston School Solar Car ...
Solar Cell - Manufacturers and Certification - United States
... New manufacturing facilities for solar cells and modules in Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Texas promise to add enough capacity to produce thousands of ... its decision to build a manufacturing plant for solar ingots and wafers in Salem, Oregon ... its full production capacity of 70 megawatts (MW) of solar wafers per year in April 2010 ...
Shockley–Queisser Limit
... limit refers to the maximum theoretical efficiency of a solar cell using a p-n junction to collect power from the cell ... The limit is one of the most fundamental to solar energy production, and is considered to be one of the most important contributions in the field ... The limit places maximum solar conversion efficiency around 33.7% assuming a single p-n junction with a band gap of 1.34 eV (using an AM 1.5 solar spectrum) ...

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